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9/22/2017 12:11:25 AM
Posted: 8/6/2005 4:05:56 PM EDT
What does "Hashem" mean? I suspect from the way I've seen it used it means "Lord," but I don't actually know.
Link Posted: 8/6/2005 4:13:33 PM EDT

HaShem" - (both and neither masculine nor feminine and absolutely no plural); the word means, literally, "The Name," and it is the way that Jews refer to G-d when not in a Prayer or Torah Reading or Torah citation context. The reason is that the Torah forbids us from pronouncing the four-letter Name of HaShem in other than ritual contexts, and even then using only certain Names (other than the four-letter one, known as the Tetragrammaton) that embody characteristics, such as A-donai, E-l, E-lohim.



G*d he has lots of names but only one self
Link Posted: 8/6/2005 4:19:43 PM EDT

Originally Posted By TheWind:

HaShem" - (both and neither masculine nor feminine and absolutely no plural); the word means, literally, "The Name," and it is the way that Jews refer to G-d when not in a Prayer or Torah Reading or Torah citation context. The reason is that the Torah forbids us from pronouncing the four-letter Name of HaShem in other than ritual contexts, and even then using only certain Names (other than the four-letter one, known as the Tetragrammaton) that embody characteristics, such as A-donai, E-l, E-lohim.



G*d he has lots of names but only one self



Thanks.
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